Honors Program

The Honors Program at Queensborough Community College provides a challenging intellectual experience for motivated students who have demonstrated a high level of academic aptitude. Honors students participate in areas of academic interest, enhance their learning experience and contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of Queensborough Community College.

What are the Benefits to being in the Honors Program? 

Honors students can cultivate closer relationships with their professors, explore career paths and areas of academic interest, and produce portfolio-worthy projects. These factors, in turn, help students develop a strong resume and transcript, connect to faculty who can write letters of recognition, and develop work samples that can be used in future applications. Honors students position themselves to be stronger candidates for internships, jobs, scholarships, and transfer to four-year colleges and even graduate programs. Major benefits include:

  • Smaller classes with fellow Honors students
  • Honors contracts allow students in non-Honors course sections to enhance their learning, explore an area of interest, and produce a portfolio-worthy project
  • Honors recognition on your transcript
  • Students who complete 12 or more Honors credits and graduate with a GPA of 3.40 or higher are recognized as Honors Scholars at graduation and on their transcripts
  • Honors students can benefit from the guidance of faculty mentors, build their professional and academic network and apply for internships, study abroad programs, and various research opportunities


How Do I Earn Honors Credit?

Generally speaking, students can earn Honors credit in three different ways:

  • Enrolling in an Honors course section
  • Completing an Honors Contract, a special project – for a non-Honors course section
  • Joining a voluntary Honors workshop that accompanies a specific course. (i.e., MA 440 and BI 201)

Students who earn 12 or more hours of Honors credit and graduate with a 3.40 (or higher) GPA are recognized as Honors Scholars at graduation. This includes:

  • A special Honors Certificate
  • Honors notation on your diploma
  • Recognition as an Honors Scholar during the annual commencement ceremony
  • A permanent notation on your transcript that you graduated as an Honors Scholar

How Do I Qualify for the Honors Program?

  • Any student who has earned 9 or more QCC credits and an overall GPA of 3.0 is eligible to participate the Honors Program
  • There are other ways to qualify for the program:
    • Incoming students without a QCC GPA may qualify based on CUNY placement exam scores or Regent’s Exam scores
    • All students in a BI-201 or MA-440 course are eligible to earn Honors credit by attending voluntary workshops in addition to their regular class sessions
  • Committed students with high aptitude and a strong recommendation from a faculty member or other professional may seek a GPA requirement exemption

How Do I Join?

To participate in the Honors Program, you must enroll in some recognized Honors academic coursework, (i.e., an Honors course, a BI-201 or MA-440 Honors Workshop or an Honors Contract).

All Honors work must be completed in addition to regular course requirements and must be completed in accordance with Honors standards and CUNY's Policy of Academic Integrity. Attendance at an Honors Library Workshop is mandatory for all students pursuing an Honors Contract (unless done so previously in a prior semester) in order to receive Honors credit. Students who meet these requirements will receive a notation of Honors on their college transcript next to the appropriate course. To graduate with an Honors certificate a student must have completed a minimum of 12 Honors credits and have an overall GPA of 3.40. Honors certificate graduates are recognized at the annual commencement ceremony as well as with a notation on both their transcripts and diplomas.

For more information, please contact honors@qcc.cuny.edu or visit the Office of Academic Affairs in A-503.

Members of the Honors Committee

Professor Sebastian Benjamin Murolo, Business Department

Honors Program Faculty Coordinator

Chair, Honors Committee

Dr. Sandra Palmer, Dean of Faculty

Dr. Andrea Salis, Faculty Fellow for Academic Affairs

Carol Imandt, Academic Affairs

Prof. Rezan Akpinar, Health Physical Education & Dance

Dr. Bjorn Berkhout, Music

Dr. Kiki Byas, English Department

Dr. Moni Chauhan, Chemistry

Dr. Sunil Dehipawala, Physics

Prof. Stephen Hammel, Business

Dr. Azita Mayeli, Mathematics & Computer Science

Prof. Neera Mohess, Library

Dr. James Nichols, History

Dr. Eladia Raya, Foreign Languages and Literatures

Dr. Celia Sporer, Social Sciences

Prof. Dimitrios Stroumbakis, Engineering Technology

Dr. Regina Sullivan, Biological Sciences & Geology

Dr. Jodi Van Der Horn-Gibson, Speech Communication & Theatre Arts

Research 101 Workshops

Any student completing an Honors Contract for the first time must also complete a Research 101 Certificate Class offered by the QCC Library in order to receive honors credit. Lasting about one hour, the one-session class is offered at different times so students can choose the time that works best for their schedule. Note: student does not need to attend the workshop if they have done so previously. For class dates and to sign up, go to: https://qcc.libcal.com/

Contact Professor Neera Mohess if you have any questions at NMohess@qcc.cuny.edu -or- 718-281-5067

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